U.S. Virgin Islands tops Travelzoo poll of Caribbean favorites

Travelzoo | September 07, 2020

The U.S. Virgin Islands (USVI) has been listed by Travelzoo’s U.S. members as the destination they would most like to visit in the Caribbean over the next two years.  Travelzoo, a leading global travel company with 30 million members worldwide, reports the Caribbean should be prepared for a return of North Americans seeking warmth and refuge from the lockdowns and strictures of the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic.
In a recent survey of its widely traveled membership, Travelzoo found that the key to bringing travelers back to the Caribbean lies in providing visitors timely and accurate travel restriction information, and cleaning and disinfecting guidelines. Other factors include visitor safety, travel deals, a low or declining number of COVID-19 cases, flight availability and fewer restrictions, such as mandatory quarantine and curfews.

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Did you know there are 9.5 million Millennial households in the United States? Typically defined as the generation born between the early 1980s to mid 1990s, the average Millennial is planning to take 3 trips over the next year.In this post, see the latest must-read stats on Millennial travel trends in 2019, including how many plan to increase travel spending compared to last year, and which 10 destinations top Millennial donors' bucket lists.

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Did you know there are 9.5 million Millennial households in the United States? Typically defined as the generation born between the early 1980s to mid 1990s, the average Millennial is planning to take 3 trips over the next year.In this post, see the latest must-read stats on Millennial travel trends in 2019, including how many plan to increase travel spending compared to last year, and which 10 destinations top Millennial donors' bucket lists.

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